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How Long Can Weiner Go?

May 22nd, 2013 - 4:20 pm

Linda Feldman details four reasons Anthony Weiner is “no Mark Sanford.” Here they are:

• Weiner is trying to come back much sooner than Sanford did, two years versus four years.

• Weiner is aiming for a more prestigious job – mayor of the biggest city in the United States, currently held by Michael Bloomberg. Sanford had the good fortune of seeing his old congressional seat open up, allowing him to show a little humility as he ran for a job less prestigious than the governorship.

• Sanford had less difficult competition than Weiner does – not that Sanford’s political resurrection was a sure thing. Plenty of voters in South Carolina’s First Congressional District weren’t ready to forgive and forget. He had to compete in a runoff for the Republican nomination. Then in the general, he faced a well-funded Elizabeth Colbert Busch, sister of satirist Stephen Colbert. Toward the end of the campaign, Sanford’s ex-wife accused him of trespassing on her property, and the National Republican Congressional Committee stopped investing in the race. But the district was heavily Republican, and Ms. Colbert Busch was a political novice. Sanford won by nine percentage points.

• Perhaps the biggest issue weighing against Weiner is the “ick” factor. The “weiner” jokes are back, as voters are treated to rehashes of Weiner’s lewd texts and tweets sent to women he had met online. Back in 2011, when confronted, Weiner lied about his actions before admitting to them.

Those are all pretty compelling reasons, but I still get this feeling Weiner is going to pull this out.

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I'd be willing to bet that John Stewart and Steven Colbert, and comedians nationwide, are going to bankroll Weiner's campaign, just to keep the comedy gold rolling in.
1 year ago
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I've heard that Weiner's motivation is as much financial as anything else. He's not a lawyer; he's got a BA in poli-sci from a no-name university.
1 year ago
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He's up against Quinn who is a very hard working and likable gay woman who is already working for the city (I forget her title).

I hope he doesn't make it past the primary.

1 year ago
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He might win the Democratic Primary, but that's because there are so many potential Dem candidates, all of whom are uninspiring bureaucrats.

Joseph Lhota has basically wrapped up the GOP nomination. And lest you think that he has no chance, NYC did elect Rudy Guiliani as Mayor- twice. And Bloomberg ran at least twice as a GOP candidate, before dropping that entirely and becoming a nanny state jerkoff. Anyways, that means NYC has alot of independent voters who are willing to vote alongside Republicans.

If it's Weiner vs. Lhota in the general election, Lhota will win it handily thanks to the credibility gap Weiner has.
1 year ago
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Yeah, New Yorkers still remember the bad old days of Dems running the city, until Giuliani turned it around.

I am sure Giuliani will be helping Lhota on the campaign trail, too.
1 year ago
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He won't go far, if the opponents just nickname him "Tiny". :D
1 year ago
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It is really hard to care what the citizens of New Yawk City do to themselves any more. The sooner they put another in the office the sooner it will burn down. This guy will make Dinkins look good.
1 year ago
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Groaning at the following: "How long can Wiener go?" and "Weiner is going to pull this out."

Yeesh!
1 year ago
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But then again, his last race ended in a photo finish, so who knows?
1 year ago
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I think he's going to come up short.


1 year ago
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Those are all pretty compelling reasons, but I still get this feeling Weiner is going to pull this out.


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LOL, you had to go there.
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